Healthy Democracy Wisconsin

Mobilizing the health care community in Wisconsin to register patients to vote.

Vote Health Wisconsin!

Vote Health Wisconsin is a state based mobilization aimed at leveraging healthcare providers, hospitals, medical schools, and clinics through out the state of Wisconsin to help register their patients to vote.

Our Theory of Change

Millions of potential voting-age Wisconsinites are not registered to vote. This group is disproportionately made up of the young, the poor, and people of color, the very same groups that are most hurt by our broken healthcare system. Each year, there are 20 million visits to ERs, clinics, and health centers across Wisconsin. Helping these patients vote in health care settings is the key to inviting this hard to reach population into the democratic process.

Health Care Provider Mobilization in Wisconsin

Vot-ER has mobilized over 745 health care providers who have Healthy Democracy Kits and use them on a regular basis to help their patients check their voter registration, register to vote, or get a mail in ballot to vote from home. These Vot-ER members are physicians, medical students, nurses, and social workers who each and every shift in the hospital – see the health inequities that stem from a democratic process where millions of voting-age eligible adults aren’t registered to vote and don’t have a seat at the table.

Hospital and Clinic Sites

Throughout Wisconsin, we partner with over 20 different health systems, hospitals, and clinics that provide direct clinical care to patients in the state. We aim to grow this list to 200 partners in the lead up to the 2022 election cycle.

Family Care of the Fox Cities
Ascension Wisconsin
Community Medical Services- West Allis
UW Health
Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers
Gundersen Health
UW DFMCH
NorthLakes Community Clinic
St. Clare Health Mission
affiliated Medical Services
Family Health La Clinica
University of Wisconsin/ UW Health
Advocate Aurora – Wisconsin
Agrace
Fort HealthCare
Ascension Wisconsin
Aurora Midtown Clinic
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Ascension Wisconsin
Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals
Ascension Wisconsin
Lakeshore Community Health Care
Bridge Community Health Clinic

These sites currently register patients using three different Vot-ER programs:

Site-Based

Posters and discharge paperwork at hospitals, health centers, and clinics across Wisconsin used to register patients to vote.

Healthy Democracy Kits

Used by providers to prompt patients in the moment to take an action related to civic engagement. It includes a “Ready to Vote?” lanyard, a voter registration.

Digital

Supports hospitals and community health centers to directly engage patients about voting through SMS and hospital webpages.

Healthy Democracy Campaign 2021

School-Specific Badges Give Us the Ability To Track Engagement in Medical Schools Across Wisconsin!

Each medical school in Wisconsin gets access to free Healthy Democracy Kits and resources like posters, handouts, and flyers that are unique to their own school!

Statewide Scoreboard to Track Results!

We are proud to announce that we have the ability to track the number of voter registrations and mail-in ballot requests that each individual school is able to produce! This will allow us to crown a winner in Wisconsin.

Read about our Wisconsin Partners in the Press!